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Heartland International Film Festival

Heartland Film
1043 Virginia Ave, Ste 2

46203 Indianapolis
United States
phone +1 (317) 464-9405

Craig Prater

Artistic Director
Greg Sorvig

Director of Production & Events
Adam Howell

Senior Programmer
Julia Ricci

Year of Foundation 1992

Event Date from 08 October 2020 till 18 October 2020

Event Date

in Indianapolis, United States

Sections Cultural Journey: Germany for 2019 (country changes every year), Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Best International Feature Film Oscar Contenders, Award Season Spotlight, Anniversary Screenings

Category Documentary, Feature, Short

Terms of Entry Film must be completed until January 1 of the previous year of the festival

Subtitles English subtitles necessary

Format DCP

Registration Deadline Early Bird Deadline, February 9, 2020
Regular Deadline, May 10, 2020
Late Deadline, June 7, 2020
Extended Deadline, July 5

Fees Early Bird Deadline $50 / $30 student, Regular Deadline $65 / $40 student, Late Deadline $85 / $55 student, Extended Deadline $105 / $75 student

Participants of the Film Industry More than 215 filmmakers were in attendance in 2018 along with distributors. Dozens of local critics and three international critics from FIPRESCI were in attendance. Roughly a dozen programmers and smaller distributors were in attendance.

German Films


CRESCENDO #MAKE MUSIC NOT WAR by Dror Zahavi (CCC-Filmkunst)
GOLDA by Sagi Bornstein, Udi Nir, Shani Rozanes (IL/DE, gebrueder beetz Filmproduktion)
PICTURE CHARACTER by Martha Shane, Ian Cheney (US/DE/JP/AR/AT/GB, Amerikafilm)
SISTERS APART (IM FEUER) by Daphne Charizani (DE/GR, Pallas Film, Match Factory Productions)
THERE IS NO EVIL (ES GIBT KEIN BÖSES) by Mohammad Rasoulof (DE/CZ/IR, Cosmopol Film)

Prizes for German films Award Season Spotlight
THE CAVE by Feras Fayyad (DK/DE, ma.ja.de. Filmproduktion)

Best International Feature Film Oscar® Contenders
SYSTEM CRASHER (SYSTEMSPRENGER) by Nora Fingscheidt (Kineo Filmproduktion, Weydemann Bros., Oma Inge Film)

Number of Films Shown More than 200 feature films are being shown represented by more than 45 countries.

Media Coverage In the past year the festival has had coverage from RogerEbert.com, Deadline, and other trades. Mostly local/regional but some national. Sydney Levine, international correspondent for IndieWire and Sydney’s Buzz, will be at Heartland this year along with members of the AMPAS and the Hollywood Foreign Press.

Evaluation Heartland Film Festival is an audience driven festival dedicated to international arthouse films, specifically in the context of the award season. Every year the line-up includes a high percentage of foreign language film of the “Best International Feature Film” Oscar® category and has become an important promotion platform for this section. Since 1992 the festival has awarded $3.5 million in cash prizes, the largest prize purse given by a film festival in North America. This year the festival has given out more than $92,000 in cash prizes between Indy Shorts and Heartland.

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